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HMS Hood. Search for her Bell.

Handler

War Hero
On the face of it, seems no real reason as to why it should not be recovered. It appears to be seperate from the main hulk, so would not cause any desecration, in terms of naval history, it would be suitably displayed.
 

MG Maniac

War Hero
On the face of it, seems no real reason as to why it should not be recovered. It appears to be seperate from the main hulk, so would not cause any desecration, in terms of naval history, it would be suitably displayed.

Agreed ... seems the bell is somewhere off the stern however according to the report (OK it is the Wail so must be taken with a very large pinch of salt) the "bodies and bones are long gone" so wouldn't be disturbed. That being said it is a war grave so must be protected but so long as they can receover it without entering the ship then fine. It would make a fitting memorial in PHD.
 

Seaweed

War Hero
Book Reviewer
If this lot don't lift the bell some aqua-pikeys will be after it and much else, and I think a berth in the RN Museum where it will be treated with proper respect sounds about right. That will also mean that those who lost relatives in Hood can go and see the bell.
 

trelawney126

War Hero
Rather a fitting tribute to all the men who perished at sea. I hope they can pull it off, doubtless to say the Naval museum will display it accordingly.
 

MG Maniac

War Hero
If this lot don't lift the bell some aqua-pikeys will be after it and much else, and I think a berth in the RN Museum where it will be treated with proper respect sounds about right. That will also mean that those who lost relatives in Hood can go and see the bell.

Any one seen Rummers lately?????????????
 
Rather a fitting tribute to all the men who perished at sea. I hope they can pull it off, doubtless to say the Naval museum will display it accordingly.

...and pull it off they did:

  • Bell of HMS Hood finally been recovered from depths of the North Atlantic
  • Follows expedition led by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen
  • Bell will now be shown at National Museum of Royal Navy in Portsmouth
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3191677/HMS-Hood-s-bell-lifted-Atlantic-seabed-74-years-sunk-battle-leading-death-1-415-navy-personnel.html#ixzz3iPGWjJn0

Mixed reactions from those who comment on such stories, personally I agree with the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas who said: 'The recovery of the Ship's Bell will help ensure the 1,415 men lost, and the name Hood, will always be remembered by a grateful nation'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3191677/HMS-Hood-s-bell-lifted-Atlantic-seabed-74-years-sunk-battle-leading-death-1-415-navy-personnel.html#ixzz3iPHzpJF1

Edit to add - Coverage at DT indicates that Ted Biggs had often hoped the mighty ship’s bell could be salvaged from the seabed as a fitting memorial:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...ered-from-seabed-by-Microsoft-co-founder.html
 
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There is a former RN WO1 serving onboard Paul Allens yacht, unable to give name due to persec.. So we could say the RN helped...
 

Seaweed

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Personally I think the exhibition of the bell in public view but in a place where it can be properly safeguarded is a very proper memorial. If it had been left on the ocean bed, sooner or later it would have been lifted by someone who would not treat it with proper respect, which will eventually happen to other things down there as the diving technology becomes more affordable - which WILL happen.
 
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